Mount Helena

Like the faces of old friends, the limestone cliffs and distinctive silhouette of Mount Helena are heartwarming sights to Helenans past and present. The mountain is now a city park, with an excellent trail system. A spectacular view of the Helena Valley can be had from the top, as seen on the MontanaPictures.net website.

 

View of Indian Tipis ~ Northern Flank of Mount Helena, ca.1870
Near the Intersection of Le Grand Cannon Blvd. & Grant St.



COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION • CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW


Mount Helena, April 11 1915
Taken near what is now the corner of Joslyn St. and Country Club Ave.


PHOTO BY FLORENCE HOLTER, COURTESY OF AUB KIRKLAND • CLICK ON IMAGE FOR A BIG VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW

 

Mount Helena from Le Grande Cannon Blvd., ca 1930

 

 

Mount Helena from Le Grande Cannon Blvd., ca. 1930


COURTESY OF TOM KILMER

 

 

Hiking party wearing suits on Mount Helena, 1911



 

Looking North from Mount Helena, c. 1910


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD



Female Hiker Atop Mount Helena, 1923


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD




Postcard View of the Summit from the West, about 1915





View of the Summit from the West, 1923


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD

 

 

Shelter Atop Mount Helena, about 1903

This shelter was built in 1903, but was heavily vandalized. Nothing but the frame was left by 1923, and even it was blown down by high winds in January of 1928. Today, all that remains are a few rusted bolts embedded in the rock.

In 1976, the Helena Kiwanis Club proposed building a stone shelter near the summit, but it was met with opposition from the Save Mount Helena Committee (a shelter would be a magent for vandalism and trash), and the project was rejected unanimously by city commissioners.

 

Family in the Mount Helena Shelter, July 4 1910


COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION • CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

 


"Thor" Motorcycle Atop Mount Helena, 1913


COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION • CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

 


Shelter Frame Atop Mount Helena, 1923


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD



COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD



Mount Helena from the 1400 block of Cannon St., 1937


THE WES AND CAROL SYNNESS COLLECTION

This is now near C. R. Anderson School

 

Looking West from Mount Helena Toward Fort Harrison, August 14, 1941


COURTESY OF TOM KILMER

The woman is Hazel Kilmer, who in a few months would join the Women's Army Corps, serving as a parachute rigger in England.


 

Mount Helena, Spring 1942
Taken from Helena Sand & Gravel


COURTESY OF KATHRYN FEHLIG



View of Mount Helena from Broadwater, 1965

 
PHOTO BY KENNON BAIRD

 


Mount Helena from Broadwater, 1960s


PHOTO BY KENNON BAIRD

 




Fatal Explosion -- 1966 New Years Eve Prank

Many Helenans remember the sad event that took place on the flanks of Mount Helena on January 2, 1966. Killed in the explosion of 85 sticks of dynamite was Robert Nash, 17. Frank Cuta, 16 was seriously injured. The story is presented here as a cautionary tale...



The Helena High School "H", 1966


COURTESY OF PATTI CASEY SCOTT

For decades the maintenance, whitewashing and lighting of the Helena High Scool "H" on the east side of Mount Helena was a grand tradition. This double-exposure photo, taken in the autumn of 1966 for the cover of the 1967 HHS Vigilante yearbook , took some doing...


FROM THE 1967 VIGILANTE

 

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